I recently had the opportunity to visit the Kroger Culinary Innovation Center for a complete immersion of everything Kroger and you KNOW how much I love Kroger, so needless to say I was in my element. I spent a couple of days mingling with Kroger executives, along with a group of incredibly talented food bloggers who each made a #RedWhiteAndBBQ themed dish for about 50 people and a panel of judges. This was seriously the most beautiful and unbelievably delicious food I have ever tasted. No joke.
My favorite part of the week has to be the opening breakfast and presentation on the Kroger Zero Hunger Zero Waste initiative.
Zero Hunger Zero Waste is a national effort aimed at ending hunger in the communities Kroger calls home and eliminating waste across the company by 2025. Across the United States, 42 million Americans struggle with hunger. At the same time, an estimated 72 billion pounds of food ends up in a landfill every year. This is unacceptable, and Kroger is doing something about it! It was so inspiring to hear about this amazing plan and I’m already brainstorming ideas on how I can help do my part as well. The easiest thing you can do is make sure you’re participating in the “Round-Up” program. Did you know you have the opportunity to “round up” your total grocery purchase to the nearest dollar at the cash register? If your cashier forgets to ask you, ASK THEM because 100% of the funds benefits Kroger food bank partners.
The Culinary Innovation chefs prepared an unbelievable breakfast made from ingredients that would have otherwise gone to waste. I was blown away but what they were able to create.
Another highlight for me was meeting the man behind the Prep+Pared meal kit creations, chef Brandon. He prepared 2 of the new dishes he’s been “cooking” up and they were both absolutely delicious! It really gave me the opportunity to try something I would have never thought of on my own…along with exploring new flavors. We had a gourmet meal with fresh ingredients in less than 20 minutes! Everything you need is pre-cut, pre-measured and SO EASY to complete! The meals are constantly being rotated, so you will never get bored!
We received a lot of “insider” information on what’s new with Kroger, including:
- Prep+Pared Meal Kits
- Clicklist Delivery
- Ship to Home
- NEW products being released across all of Kroger’s private brands (Simple Truth, Private Selection, etc.)
- …and much more to come!! Stay close!!
Post and event sponsored by Kroger. All opinions are 100% my own.